Planning a funeral can be difficult. You’re still in mourning but wish to respect and honour your loved one by planning the proper send-off. There are many choices to be made, from which coffin to choose to which flowers should be placed on the coffin. One of these decisions, which is rarely talked about, is the funeral transport.
How will your loved one be transported? The body and casket will be taken from the service to the cemetery or final resting place and for many, this is the final journey so it’s important to make sure it is perfect.
Traditional Methods of Funeral Transport
When you think of moving a coffin, you likely think of a hearse. This is the most traditional method of moving a body to the cemetery these days and most funeral homes offer this service. You usually choose from a black or a white hearse, an elongated car that fits a coffin in the back.
However, this isn’t the only way to transport your loved one. In fact, it’s possible that you’ll want to do something a little more interesting and fitting to the way they lived their life. For example:
If your loved one was interested in motorcycles or rode with a motorcycle club, then this may be the perfect way to send them off. A motorcycle is used, with a sidecar that is large enough to accommodate the coffin. It’s a unique method of getting them to the cemetery and can really give that perfect finishing touch to the funeral.
Perhaps a more romantic gesture would be appropriate for your loved one. In this case, the coffin is placed in a horse-drawn hearse, which is elegant and beautiful. It’s also a more serene way to say goodbye and is ideal for those who enjoyed the whimsy of times gone by.
Family Funeral Transportation
It’s also a good idea to consider who will bring the family to the funeral. A regular hearse may accommodate one passenger, but generally, loved ones will travel separately from the coffin. They may travel in a limousine, a second horse-drawn carriage, or similar. This usually travels with the hearse that is taking the coffin and can be a time of contemplation and quiet that is much needed before the burial.
Funerals are never easy, but when you have the right funeral director to work with, it can be far easier than you might anticipate. If you’ve just lost someone, reach out to Callum Robertson. We’re here to make the process as easy as possible in this difficult time.